BrailleTouch: The Human, Academic, and Entrepreneurial Story of an Accessibility App

Welcome to a Tuesday Tea Time Talk on 22nd October 4.00 pm- 5.30 pm at the EIT ICT Labs Stockholm CLC. 

This time Dr. Mario Romero, researcher at KTH and co-founder of the app BrailleTech will tell us the human, academic, and entrepreneurial story behind the app that will be a revolution for how blind persons use smart phones.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, try it out for yourself by downloading the application:

Please register for administrative & catering purposes before 19th October.

BrailleTouch is a revolutionary iPhone app for the blind community that lets you type using braille on your touchscreen. In this talk, I will tell four intertwined tales: first, the story of the invention of braille; second, the human story behind the development of BrailleTouch; third, the academic impact of BrailleTouch; and fourth, the entrepreneurial efforts towards a successful commercialization of BrailleTouch and its ultimate goal of promoting permanent positive social impact in underrepresented communities.

Dr. Mario Romero is Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction in the Department of High-Performance Computing and Visualization (HPCViz) at KTH. He is a Fulbright Scholar from Ecuador and a graduate of Georgia Tech (PhD Computer Science, 2009), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Master Computer Science, 2001), and Universidad San Francisco de Quito (B.S. Industrial Engineering and B.S. Construction Engineering, 1996). Dr. Romero is also a technical co-founder of BrailleTech, developer and distributor of BrailleTouch. Dr. Romero's research centers in Human-Computer Interaction, Visualization, and Ubiquitous and Accessible Computing.

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